Tag Archives: mice

SPN: Rodenticides How do they fit into your IPM program?

By Janet Hurley, Extension Program Specialist III Rodent control is a multi-layer process and baiting for rats is just one part of the IPM process. However, using rodent baits is a question most School IPM Coordinators have concern over since they do work around children, food handling areas and non-target animal populations. The information below is some general information on rodenticides for use with the house mouse, roof rat, and Norway rats. So what’s the difference between a rodenticide and rodent bait? A rodenticide is a pesticide or… Read More →

Penn State and Philadelphia schools fight pests that trigger asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting ten percent of school-aged children in the United States. In Philadelphia, this number jumps to almost 25 percent, and in some neighborhoods, nearly 50 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management (PA IPM) program — a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture — is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to reduce asthma triggers in schoolchildren by preventing pests, including mice and cockroaches, from… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2015

Kissing bugs and Chagas disease. By Wizzie Brown, Extension Program Specialist III Triatomine bugs, also known as kissing bugs, reduviid bugs and cone-nose bugs, are almost an inch long with elongated cone-shaped heads. The body is grayish-brown with a wide abdomen that has flattened sides. The flattened sides of the abdomen stick out beyond the wing margins and are marked with red, orange or yellow stripes. Nymphs (immatures) look similar to adults, but lack fully developed wings. There are other insects in Texas that look similar and can… Read More →

School Pest News, Volume 9, Issue 2

In this issue of the School Pest News, you will find questions asked by your colleagues regarding paperwork for your IPM program. Check out the “Ask the Expert” question to learn if you have everything in place. From drought to rain, the weather has had a lot to do with the influx of mosquitoes. Texas AgriLife Extension recently had an article about mosquitoes and all the wet weather, read up on what you can do at your school. We also included an Ask the Expert question on mosquito… Read More →

The SWTRC Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 2

This newsletter is focused on rodents. Will winter coming, most school districts will see an increase in rodent activity. Read about Frisco ISD and their problem with rodents. Is your district using bait stations properly? Follow this link to read the Newsletter: Newsletter_2.pdf